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ERIC Number: EJ1117425
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
A Dark Knight for Public Education: Using Batman as an Apparatus of Diffraction with Neoliberal Education Reform
Huddleston, Gabriel
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v38 n5 p468-489 2016
Diffraction is defined as the process by which a beam of light or other system of waves is spread out as a result of passing through a narrow aperture or across an edge. In this article, the author employs his favorite comic book character, Batman, and positions him as a tool of diffraction for education reforms. Huddleston argues that it is Batman's essential characteristics (extreme wealth, paternalism, and vengeance) that make for a compelling example of diffracting neoliberal education reforms, as readers also learn more about the nature of Batman's place within popular culture. Huddleston writes that while Batman's place in popular culture is fairly ensconced, it has been the latest movie trilogy by film director Christopher Nolan that has made Batman a part of this age and, Huddleston argues, an apparatus to examine neoliberalism.
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Language: English
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